Jennifer Garner on her first marriage: ‘We didn’t have a shot. We just imploded’

These are photos of Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell on the set of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Those of you who watch Showtime’s Ray Donovan may recognize 15 year-old Kerris Dorsey, who plays Bridget Donovan on that show. (If you’re not watching it, start now! Ray Donovan is incredible and Liev Schreiber is so hot in motion.)

These on set photos are pretty amusing, and include the on-screen family reacting to some kind of car accident. In some of the pictures, Garner is holding a real child and in others she’s got a stand-in doll.

Garner is also sporting new bangs for the role, although there may be another reason for that. In her recent interview with Allure Magazine (Kaiser covered the highlights here) Garner said she had a ‘huge’ forehead and worried about whether it would look more prominent with Botox. She wouldn’t rule out using it though. She also had some nice things to say about her first marriage, to Scott Foley. Here are some quotes from the interview which we didn’t cover in our earlier story:

On whether she would do Botox
I’m old enough to know policies don’t necessarily last, so be careful what box you stand on. [It may be time to try Botox but she's a little scared] because I have a big forehead, and I don’t want it to be like this slab, a big glacier.

On her first husband, Scott Foley
Oh he’s a great guy. We were full-on grown ups, but looking back I’m aware we did not know what hit us. We didn’t have a shot. He’s a really good guy, and we just imploded.

On Reese Witherspoon
Reese is one of my go-to mamas. She has such a big heart and a good head on her shoulders. She’s one of the people I go to and say, “Hey, what do you do about X, Y, Z,” and she always has an answer.

On her haircare routine
I have no idea how women who go to an office in the morning do it. I don’t use hair-care products, and I don’t blow dry. I don’t even know where the blow dryer is. So the thought of having to incorporate that into my morning just seems crazy to me.

On if she talks beauty with her girlfriends
If I get to sit down with my girlfriends, and I’m happy to include Jessica [Biel] among them. It’s hard not to talk beauty if you’re sitting with Jessica Biel because she is the most gorgeous person on the planet.

[From Allure, print edition, September, 2013]

That last quote was from the video behind-the-scenes of Garner’s photoshoot and interview. I guess we have confirmation that she’s besties with Jessica Biel.

As for what she said about Scott Foley, it was very diplomatic. She was responding directly to a photo of the two of them together in 2000. (That photo is here.) Did you remember that Garner was married prior to Affleck? I didn’t. I mean I knew about it at some point, but I forgot. She was married to Foley from 2000 to 2004, and married Affleck a year later in 2005. In between there somewhere was Michael Vartan. Some say there was overlap in those relationships. Whatever happened, she strikes me as a serial monogamist, which isn’t a bad thing.

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  1. Val says:

    Loved Michael and Jen’s chemistry when they were in Alias together. He’s so hot.

  2. Moneyball says:

    Yup, Ray Donovan is the coolest- VERY enjoyable and well done- Mickey was into twerking before Miley :) Kerris was also the daughter in Moneyball- she was so sweet playing that song- very talented girl. I’m not sure how much overlap there was with Jen & Michael V, but Scott seemed really hurt judging by some of the stuff he said back then. I wonder if they are email buddies like Ben & Jennifer Lopez?!

    • mccora96 says:

      Oh, wow! She was wonderful in Moneyball. It’s great that she’s getting more roles. Ray D is pretty hilarious, but you can definitely tell that some of the Breaking Bad folks are part of the mix…so, so good. The actors put on a clinic each week, especially Liev & Jon. I wonder what Jon’s Fox/Tea Party buddies think of all the wild stuff he does on that show. LOVE Scott (I’m STILL sad The Unit got cancelled) & Jen G seems fine (I gave up on Alias, though!), but there was some shady stuff to that “new” MV romance timeline.

  3. MeowuiRose says:

    That photo of her with the doll makes me lol….tehehehe.

  4. Elisabeth says:

    Why do celebs get this info released like it’s news? who cares about who she was married to 1000 years ago?

  5. Lucy2 says:

    That was a nice way to answer about Scott. Lol at the last photo.
    I tried Ray Donovan and gave up after a few. I don’t like Voight, couldn’t stand the wife’s awful attempt at a Boston accent, and was just kind of bored.

  6. bammer says:

    Lol at the name dropping of her celeb friends. The always unpleasant pap calling Jessica and obnoxious arrogant drunk Reese. Is she friends with Chelsea too?

  7. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Foley is so much more hot than Affleck. With the bangs, JG looks like Hilary Swank.

  8. Maya says:

    Wasnt it a known fact that Jennifer cheated with Ben while she was married?

  9. Justpassingby says:

    She was so hot and beautiful, pre-Affleck!

  10. jaliah24 says:

    The Reese name drop is hinky- sounds like a PR plant, picture or no picture. Ray Donovan is my new fav show- I don’t like Voight either, but he is killing it as Mickey. Seeing Scott reminds me that I can’t wait for Scandal to start up again!

  11. Sunlily says:

    “on the set of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day…”

    O_O Hollywood can kindly fuck off. Please leave my childhood classics alone.

  12. Kerris Singing says:

    Eh, Reese has been exposed, so Jennifer gushing about her won’t help. I hope this movie is good because the book has very nice memories for me. Here is Kerris Dorsey singing in Moneyball and- she has bangs!

  13. Helen Graham says:

    I was a huge Alias fan back in the day (still am) and I can’t forget Scott’s interview on late-night TV about Jennifer appearing in her knickers for a big Alias episode. It had been heavily promoted everywhere. He seemed really angry and defensive…VERY off. They announced the split a few months later and it wasn’t a shock to me at all after that! It’s been years and I still remember wondering what was going on when I was watching that interview.

  14. Cool Phosphorescent Shimmer says:

    Jessica Biel, the “most gorgeous person on the planet”????

  15. alyssa says:

    I was somewhat surprised by the Reese comment as she doesn’t strike me as someone Garner would go to for advice or hang out with….

  16. Tania says:

    Jen cheated on Scott with Vartan. Then cheated on Vartan with Ben.

  17. Mandy says:

    I totally forgot she was married to Foley!

  18. Debbie says:

    Well Jen when you screw around on your husband to climb the Hollywood social scene a marriage will implode.

    Just a little tip.

  19. Charlotte says:

    Foley is gorgeous. I’d much rather Foley over Affleck. I’d take Vartan over Affleck too.

  20. RF says:

    I really don’t like Ray Donovan. It’s just so offensive to me ~ soft porn with bad dialogue and worse accents. I call out Paula Malcolmson in particular. She is just terrible. How did she even get cast?

    • taxi says:

      Paula was good in Deadwood. Here, not so much. She is Irish, but the South Boston overlay isn’t quite right. The teenager, Bridget, is seriously irritating. I haven’t seen that actress in anything else, but I find her face seriously unpleasant. Voight kills it, even though I’m not a fan. Eddie Marsan is good in this – first time I’ve appreciated him & Liev is excellent. It’s a rough show, though. Definitely a very hard R rating.

  21. umyeah says:

    Liev Schreiber is the only reason I watch Ray Donovan. He is so hot in that show. Everyone else sucks.

  22. moptop says:

    She needs to lose the bangs. They are not her friend.

  23. Kelly says:

    Really can’t stand her. I think she is totally fake. Marriages tend to implode when you (allegedly) cheat on your husband, just sayin

  24. henderswife says:

    So, she uses no hair care products AT ALL? Not even shampoo and conditioner? I’m not making fun of her or calling her a liar but that statement sounds pretty extreme. I also wish I didn’t have to blow dry my hair. Ugh, I hate doing it.

    • Eh, she probably means she doesn’t use styling products and mis-spoke minutely.

      I’m not a fan of hers, but this just seems like she picked the wrong term. It’s pretty obvious she doesn’t blow-dry her hair or use styling products. And I don’t mind that, either. She’s really frumpy off the red carpet, but I have trouble getting upset about that. Big deal.

  25. Susan says:

    Serial monogamist? She cheated on Scott Foley with Michael Vartan and then did it again when she cheated on Vartan to be with Affleck. Serial is right but monogamist is definitely the wrong word.

  26. RHONYC says:


    i smell ‘STARF*CKER’ allllll over Miz West Virginia.

    ew. :-|